Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

refrigerator not cold There are many reasons for why a refrigerator is not cooling. If you want to save yourself some time and hassle, give Pace Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in CITY, ST. Our repairmen are happy to come out and diagnose the cooling issue as well as repair it for you.

When a refrigerator is not cold anymore, it’s time to see what the problem could be. A lot of times it is something as common as a good coil cleaning. However, with these new models of refrigerators, they are equipped with a variety of sensors as well.

Before we investigate further, we monitor the most common and simple causes for this problem. Here are some things that we’ve determined can lead to a refrigerator not cooling:

Is it plugged in? This will seem like it’s a funny question, but we’ve been hired for appointments that this was the problem. For some reason, it was unplugged. it’s possible a child or pet did it, or an electrician doing a service visit. Whatever the cause may be, be sure it is plugged in.

Check the thermostat inside of the refrigerator. This is a very common problem for families with children in their home. After all, children love buttons and dials and so, without understanding they are doing anything wrong, they play with them. So, be sure that the thermostat temperature isn’t the reason for the warm fridge.

Refrigerator Components to Inspect?

Check that each of the vents in the freezer area are not blocked with boxes or food. This is very common because sometimes bags of frozen veggies get pushed in the back. There could be food in the way back of a freezer unit that has long been forgotten about.

Be sure the refrigerator’s condenser cooling fan is clear and clean of all debris. To check this, unplug the fridge and slide it out from the kitchen wall. The cooling fan for many models is just at the bottom of the appliance or somewhere in the back of the freezer unit. Often times, customers don’t think to clean this section of the fridge. But, it is very important to clean it. And, it clogs up with dust and fuzz quickly, especially in homes that have pets. So, grab a rag and get the dust out of the coils and cooling fan.

This is not a suggestion for refrigerators that have a rear coil system. Once all clean, plug it into the wall and see if the cooling fan moves.

The Freezer is Cold but the Fridge Isn’t

There are a few more causes for a refrigerator not cooling after these more common ones to start to check if the freezer is cool but the fridge is not. The evaporator coils have frost on them. This happens when there is a failure in the defrost heating system. Or the automatic defrost has a problem. The evaporator fan motor is another reason.

Every refrigerator has a set of evaporator coils. These coils are what gets cold and the fan moves the cool air around inside the appliance. The damper control assembly working correctly. The temperature control board that carries the electricity to the compressor and fan, this isn’t likely the issue but it is worth mentioning.

And, the thermistor could be malfunctioning, which is a tiny sensor inside the appliance that displays the temperature. Having one of our repairmen inspect it is the best course of action but these are some of the most typical problems.